MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The state Justice Department says those who get permits to carry concealed weapons should get lessons on the use of deadly force, and how to avoid such violent situations. Officials began holding public hearings Monday on a set of rules it will ask the Legislature to approve. The concealed carry law took effect last November, but politicians left it to the Justice Department to propose ground rules. Republican Attorney General JB Van Hollen originally pushed for a four-hour training requirement, have the instructors sign certificates to prove the training took place. But the National Rifle Association and GOP lawmakers balked – and as a result, the state has been operation under temporary rules that require training but don’t include specific details. The new rules require training on deadly force, avoiding violence, and the safe use and handling of firearms and bullets. Each class could only have up to 50 students – and their certificates would need at least a signature from the applicant that all of the training requirements have been met. An instructor can still sign the form, but it’s not mandatory. The current emergency rules are due to expire in August, but the state is seeking a 60-day extension in order to get the new rules in place. Other hearings are set for a week from tomorrow in Green Bay, and a week from Wednesday in Pewaukee.
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